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Guide to International Airline Breastfeeding Policies by Continent

 

 

Via Flickr – by oatsy40

Table of Contents

 

Overview

Africa/Middle East

Asia/Pacific

Europe

Latin America/Caribbean

North America

 

Overview

          Though breastfeeding is widely recommended for babies, moms nursing in public often find themselves under scrutiny. This is especially true when trying to nurse a child within the tight quarters of an airplane.

            Unfortunately, many airlines do not offer official breastfeeding policies, and as a result, it can be difficult for mothers to know what situations they might run into once they take flight.

            In order to better inform moms, where possible, this guide presents the policies of major international airlines listed by continent. Where official policies weren’t readily available, it provides information, pulled from outside sources, regarding what it’s like to nurse on an airlines’ flights.

Airlines With Policies

Africa/Middle East

Emirates Airline

      Through EmiratesBaby.com, a mother says she was told by the airline that breastfeeding mothers are asked to be “well covered.”

      No policy is listed.

      For more information, contact Emirates Airline. 

Qatar Airways

      Official Breastfeeding Policy

      For more information, contact Qatar Airways.

Royal Air Maroc

      Here a breastfeeding mother recounts her experience nursing on Royal Air Maroc.

      No policy is listed.

      No response to our policy guidance request was received.

      For more information, contact Royal Air Maroc.

South African Airways

      Here a mother recounts her experience on an SAA flight.

      No policy is listed.

      No response to our policy guidance request was received.

      For more information, contact South African Airways.

Asia/Pacific

Air New Zealand Group

      NursingInPublic.com presents a response on Air New Zealand’s breastfeeding policy from its PR and social media manager. 

      No policy is listed.

      For more information, contact Air New Zealand.

Asiana Airlines

      AirlineTrends.com reports that the airline provides free nursing covers through its Happy Mom program.

      No policy is listed.

      For more information, contact Asiana Airlines.

JAL Group (Japan Airlines)

      Consumerist.com explains that on some flights Japanair provides a special space where mothers can nurse in private.

      No policy is listed.

      For more information, contact JAL Group. 

Malaysia Airlines

      The airline provides Lactation Rooms at certain airports.

      No official in-flight breastfeeding policy.

      For more information contact Malaysia Airlines.

Qantas

      PhDinParenting.com mentions that Qantas encourages nursing mothers to do so during take off and landing.

      No policy is listed.

      For more information contact Qantas.

Singapore Airlines

      In this customer service response shared on BritishExpats.com, an SA representative explains that nursing on their flights is allowed, and states, “All crew are aware that breastfeeding in public is internationally acceptable.”

      No policy is listed.

      No response to our policy guidance request was received.

      For more information, contact Singapore Airlines. 

Virgin Australia

      Official Breastfeeding Policy

      For more information, contact Virgin Australia.

Europe

Air France KLM

      In the comments of this article, a commenter notes that she has never had difficulty nursing on an Air France flight “with or without a cover.”

      No policy is listed.

      For more information, contact Air France KLM.

British Airways

“British Airways is fully supportive of a mother’s choice to breastfeed her baby, when traveling with us – therefore you do not need to ask the cabin crew on your flight if you are allowed to do so. You are also welcome to breastfeed during take-off and landing if necessary, as long as both yourself and your baby are wearing your fastened seat belts.

We appreciate that there could be times when a fellow passenger might feel uncomfortable when sitting next to/near a feeding mother, and in this case the cabin crew would see if they can re-seat either of you to ensure you both continue your journey as comfortable as possible.”

~British Airways

Flybe

      In this forum, a mom reports nursing her child on a Flybe flight during takeoff and landing and doesn’t report having any problems.

      No policy is listed.

      For more information, contact Flybe.

Icelandair Group

      Per this response via Twitter, Icelandair welcomes mothers breastfeeding on their flights.

      For more information, contact Icelandair Group.

Lufthansa

      According to PhDinParenting.com, Lufthansa requests that mothers use a cover when nursing their child.

      No policy is listed.

      No response to our policy guidance request was received.

      For more information, contact Lufthansa.

Ryanair

      Via the Babyworld forum, a mom reports having nursed her children on several Ryanair flights without any problems.

      No policy is listed.

      For more information, contact Ryanair.

SWISS

“We do not have an actual breastfeeding policy in itself. The rules on SWISS would be the same as in daily life.

It is in order for mothers to breastfeed discreetly at their seat. Should the fellow passengers in her immediate vicinity object to this, the Maître de Cabine may request mothers to please move to the galley or any other more secluded part of the aircraft.

It is not possible to take pre-pumped breastmilk onboard, as no bottled liquids over 100ML are permitted through the security control.”

~SWISS

Turkish Airlines (THY)

      A commenter in the Moms4Moms.com forum says flight attendants advise mothers to nurse during take off and landing.

      No policy is listed.

      No response to our policy guidance request was received.

      For more information, contact Turkish Airlines.

Virgin Atlantic

      In PopSugar’s Circle of Moms forum a mom reports breastfeeding her child on a Virgin Atlantic flight without any problems.

      No policy is listed.

      For more information, contact Virgin Atlantic.

Latin America/Caribbean

Avianca

     Response from Avianca Customer Service:

“We would like to inform you that we do not have a policy for breastfeeding that has terms and conditions.”

North America

Air Canada

      Response from Air Canada Customer Service:

“Air Canada does not have a policy on breastfeeding.”

Airlines Without Policies

*We’ve reached out to these airlines to find out more about their policies and are awaiting their responses.

Africa/Middle East

Air Mauritius

Air Namibia

Air Tanzania

Arik Air

Camair-Co

ECAir

Egypt Air

El Al Israel Airlines

Etihad Airways

Ethiopian Airlines

Fastjet

Gulf Air

Iran Air

Kenya Airways

Kuwait Airways

Middle East Airlines

Royal Jordanian

Rwandair

Saudi Arabian Airlines

Starbow

Tunisair

Asia/Pacific

AirAsia

Air China

ANA

Cathay Pacific

China Airlines

Hainan Airlines

Jet Airways

Korean Air

THAI

Vietnam Airlines

Europe

Adria Airways

Aegean Airlines

Aer Lingus

Aeroflot

AirBaltic

AirBerlin

Air Europa

Alitalia

Atlasjet

Austrian Airlines Group

Finnair

Luxair

Nordwind

Pegasus

SAS

Thomson

Volotea

Latin America/Caribbean

Air Caraibes

Bahamasair

Caribbean

Cayman Airways

Cubana de Aviación

Inselair

LAN

LATAM

TAM Linhas Aereas

North America

AeroMexico

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